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Long Range Planning

Planning Staff is committed to upholding long term standards for growth and development in Harnett County. Through various long range planning methods we can do just that. 


U.S. 401 Corridor Study 

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) is conducting a corridor study of U.S. 401. This study is approximately 19 miles of the U.S. 401 Corridor from Banks Road in Wake County through the Town of Fuquay-Varina to the N.C. 210 and U.S. 421 intersection near the Town of Lillington in Harnett County; and about seven miles for the proposed U.S. 401 Bypass. This study will build off of previous studies in the area. It will focus on planning and design for the study area to determine the proposed ultimate cross-section and alignment of U.S. 401 by developing a vision for the study area, analyzing short- and long-term solutions, and developing realistic, implementable and prioritized projects.

Get Involved
Public involvement is key to a successful project that ensures study recommendations will meet the needs of the entire community. We invite you to participate in study engagement activities to help shape the recommendations by learning about the planning process and providing your input. We will have several opportunities throughout the planning process. Sign-up below to receive project updates as they become available.


For those needing assistance completing the online survey or would like to request a paper survey by mail, please contact the project team by email at US401CorridorStudy@PublicInput.com or by phone at 855-925-2801, using project code 8961 to leave a message.

Learn more about the U.S. 401 Corridor Study on the project webpage. 

2020 Harnett Bicycle, Pedestrian, & Greenway Master Plan

Harnett County has worked to provide more recreational opportunities for residents and to make Harnett County a more attractive place for prospective residents and businesses. We’ve created a County-wide Bicycle, Pedestrian, & Greenway Master Plan to shape the development of future amenities for walking, cycling and trails in Harnett County!

 👉 Learn more about the plan ⬇️ Click Here


2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP)

The N.C. Department of Transportation's transportation plan – called the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) – identifies the construction funding and schedule for state transportation projects over a 10-year period. NCDOT updates the STIP approximately every two years to reflect the state's current financial situation.

 Please CLICK HERE to view more information


2018 North West Area Plan

Harnett County has completed the process to create a Small Area Plan for the northwestern part of the County. The plan focused on the area between NC 210 to the east, the Cape Fear River to the south and the Wake County line to the north. The population of this area has grown by 56% since the year 2000. It remains primarily rural in nature but is increasingly experiencing increased growth pressure expanding from Fuquay-Varina and Wake County.

This planning effort will build on policies in the 2015 Comprehensive Growth Plan and focus on balancing the rural character of the area while accommodating growth and determining infrastructure needs. The outcome of this plan will be a revised land use plan to guide rezonings and recommendations that will guide public and private investment decisions for years to come. It is anticipated that this planning process will take approximately six months.

Please CLICK HERE to see the adopted plan

Please CLICK HERE to see the associated landuse map for the Harnett County Northwest Area Study


Sandhills Regional Bicycle Plan

The Sandhills Regional Bicycle Plan covers Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Scotland and Robeson Counties and parts of Bladen and Sampson Counties.

The Fayetteville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (FAMPO) was awarded a planning grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to develop a regional comprehensive bicycle transportation plan. The overall goal of the Project is to provide a framework for NCDOT and local governments to enhance bicycling as a mode of transportation for residents and visitors alike, improving access, connectivity, and safety.



Land Use Plan

Land use planning establishes a plan for the future of a community, including goals and strategies used for both development and preservation of land. Plans may include just a few or many different uses, which can be catergorized into more general categories including: residential, agricultural, commercial, and conservation. Through these types of uses and corresponding densities, we can anticipate and organize use of land to best fit the community.

As of the end of 2015, staff, with the help of Land Design, INC has prepared and had approved a major rewrite of the County’s Land Use Plan.

Click here to learn about the 2015 Comprehensive Growth Plan Initiative

The Comprehensive Growth Plan was a large task that included many months of work, the aquisition of grants, and a renewed vision in regards to Harnett County's future growth and accomplishments. Please see below for the adopted version of the plan!

Click here for a text only version of the current Land Use Plan


Comprehensive Transportation Plan

A comprehensive transportation plan works in many ways the same as a long range plan; however it is used to plan for the future transportation needs of a community. Many people immediately think of motorized-vehicular transportation when they hear the term 'transportation'; however there many other forms of transportation, including pedestrian, bicycle, and public transit. With a comprehensive transportation plan in place, as development occurs the planned future transportation updates are made.

Harnett County worked with several other agencies to develop a comprehensive transportation plan for our community. Below you will find a link from the NC Department of Transportation for Harnett County.

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